procession – have i been wrong all along?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Who is escorting your bridesmaids down the aisle?
    No one (and groom's guys are already going to be at the top of the aisle) : (62 votes)
    65 %
    Groom's men : (28 votes)
    29 %
    Ushers (who are not groom's men) : (0 votes)
    Other/Explain : (5 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Around here the bridesmaids almost always walk down with the groomsmen. I’ve never seen it done any other way.

    Post # 4
    4441 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @anonybee0810:  The way you are doing it is just fine IMO.  People do it a varities of ways based on their family that needs to be seated before and their wedding party (like if sides are uneven or in my case I had my bridesMAN walk with my MOH and then the groomsmen walked in single file behind my DH)

    Post # 5
    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding where the bridesmaids weren’t escorted by the groomsmen. I would find that really weird, actually.

    Ours was really simple:

    GM M / BM A / GM R
    GM P / BM S
    GM A / BM K
    Best Man J / MOH H

    Post # 6
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @anonybee0810:  It depends on where you live and the type of wedding.  I have seen both.  I prefer to have the BMs go unescorted because I think it looks nicer to have the guys standing with the groom and officiant.  But we’re have a short, casual ceremony.  If you’re having a longer, more formal ceremony, I would not find it odd to have the processional proceed as you have it listed other than having the groom escort the MOG down the aisle.  I have never seen that ever because the MOG is usually escorted by the FOG or an usher.

    Post # 7
    941 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    It must be regional. I’ve never been to a wedding where the bridesmaids were escorted by the groomsmen. The men come in the side with the groom and the bridesmaid walk down the aisle in front of the bride. They all walk out in pairs though. 

    Post # 8
    1018 posts
    Bumble bee

    @anonybee0810:  I was in two weddings this year, in one we walked down unescorted, the other we were escorted by the groomsmen. I have seen both ways many times.

    You could make a decision based on how your venue is set up – is it even feasible or would it even look right to have the boys enter from the side somewhere? I think the way you have it is perfect and there is nothing “wrong” with it. I’ve seen it done at a lot of weddings.

    Post # 9
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My wedding planner assumed our bridesmaids would walk down alone and the groomsmen would be coming in from the side and already be up front. I think it is pretty “normal” at least where I am, but I ended up doing:


    groom / grooms mother

    best man / brides mother

    bridesmaid 1 / groomsman 1

    bridesmaid 2 / groomsman 2

    bridesmaid 3 / groomsman 3

    maid of honor

    flower girl / ring bearor

    bride / brides father


    My husband wanted to walk his mom down the aisle, which I thought was sweet.

    Post # 10
    6449 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’ve only been to one wedding where the BMs were escorted to the front. I think either way is fine though.

    Post # 11
    490 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

    Here is the order we did for our processional:
    – Grandparents of the Groom
    – Grandparents of the Bride
    – Officiant, Groom, Best Man
    – Groomsmen
    – MOB
    – Bridesmaids (unescorted)
    – Bride and FOB

    – Bride and Groom
    – Bridesmaids escorted by Groomsmen
    – Bride’s Parents
    – Groom’s Parents

    Post # 12
    7191 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I’ve seen it done both ways. Just do what you like best.

    Post # 13
    3989 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I personally think it all depends on the size of the wedding party.

    The ONLY wedding I’ve been to that the bridesmaids walked down with the groomsmen was when there were 14 bridesmaids and 14 groomsmen. 

    All other weddings I’ve been to, including my own, the bridesmaids walk alone.

    Post # 14
    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @anonybee0810:  I think it’s a personal choice.

    We did:

    Groom’s parents

    Brides’s parents

    BMs and GM

    Flower Girl + Ring Bearer

    Bride and Groom


    We wanted to walk in together and like the idea that everyone is sort of “coupled-up” (regardless of whether they were couples or not).  To us, it was a symbol that we were all on even ground.  It was the only wedding I’d been to done that way though.

    Post # 15
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I’ve seen both too. My BFF’s wedding was one of the first ones I remember the bridesmaids walking down unescorted but since then I’ve seen it more and more frequently. We are now going this route too! It’s just easier at our venue to coordinate it this way too. FI liked the idea of having all the guys waiting up front with him too.

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